Shaun Johnson likey to miss clash with Raiders

DAVID LONG
Last updated 14:41 31/07/2014
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NOT BEING RISKED: Shaun Johnson is a player that needs to be 100 per cent, Warriors coach Andrew McFadden says.

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Warriors halfback Shaun Johnson is almost certainly out of Sunday's crucial NRL game against the Raiders in Canberra after breaking down at training today.

Johnson, who missed last weekend's clash with the Sea Eagles because of a groin injury, took part in his first training session of the week this morning but pulled up with the same problem.

''It looks unlikely at this stage that he'll take his place,'' Warriors coach Andrew McFadden confirmed.

''We definitely won't risk him if he's not 100 per cent.''

Thomas Leuluai's return from a groin injury had several setbacks and McFadden said the last thing they wanted to do was rush Johnson back before he was right.

''He's too important to us long term and he's the type of athlete that needs to be 100 per cent.

''He is built on speed and power and if that groin's not 100 per cent that will affect his performance.''
Johnson wasn't expected to train today but when the player said he felt good to go, the coaching staff decided to let him take part.

''We weren't even expecting him at training, we were happy for him to do some buildup work on the side,'' McFadden added.

''He felt pretty good in that, so he wanted to have a crack but obviously that didn't last very look, so it's unlikely he'll take his place this week.''

Johnson's absence means Leuluai starts in the halves and Tuimoala Lolohea, who can also cover fullback, will be in the 17.

Lolohea, 19, is seen as one of the Warriors' future stars after making his debut last weekend against the Sea Eagles. He didn't get much time then but McFadden expects to give him more of a run against the Raiders.

''It was a bit of a baptism of fire for him last week,'' McFadden said.

''But he did a really good job and it certainly gives me confidence to potentially give him more time, but we've got some experience there in Thomas and he'll probably start the game.''

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